Best LED Strip Lights in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 2, 2020
Want to spice up the look of your home and add some color to your life? You don't have to resort to painting the walls or buying wacky furniture, all you need is a long LED strip light, shining in green, blue, white, and any other color you may want! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
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Colours
Control
Power Source
Extras
Warranty
 
PROS

The 3M back adhesive will easily attach to any surface. The 44-key remote will let you adjust the brightness and choose between various effects (flashing, pulsating, fading, jumping, and more). The integrated mic can automatically synchronise the lights with music. 

CONS

The WiFi range is pretty limited.

OUR VERDICT

The Mexllex 15M Music Sync Colour Changing RGB LED Strip accommodates both commercial and residential use. With the strip measuring 15 metres, 15 strip hooks, and two strip connectors that are corner-friendly, you can install this model anywhere, from clubs and restaurants to bedrooms and kitchens.

detailed parameters
Length

15 metres

Colours

RGB, selectable colours (16.8 millions)

Control

3-button controller, IR remote, Ehome Light app (available on iOS and Android)

Power Source

AC (power adapter included)

Extras

Static/dynamic mode, Synchronisation with music (built-in mic), 2 x 10 mm corner-friendly LED strip connectors, 15 x LED strip hooks with strong 3M mack adhesive

Warranty

18 months

PROS

The embedded WiFi module has an excellent range (~45 metres). The fix buckles will enable easy fixation onto even the most slippery surfaces. You can make the lights flash, strobe, fade, and change colours with smoothness.

CONS

The LEDs are sensitive to voltage drops. 

OUR VERDICT

The WenTop 10M LED Strips Light Kit can be controlled via the Magic Home Pro app, the 24-button remote, the 3-button controller, or via voice commands (the model's compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistant). You can even synchronise the LEDs with music.

detailed parameters
Length

10 metres

Colours

RGB, selectable colours (16.8 millions)

Control

IR remote, Magic Home Pro app (available on iOS and Android), Compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa

Power Source

AC (power adapter included)

Extras

Static/dynamic mode, Synchronisation with music (via smartphone's mic), a bag of fix buckles included

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Even though the strip caps at five metres, you can still probably cover your kitchen cupboards and cabinets. The LEDs should last somewhere around 50,000 hours. The remote lets you switch between 20 colours and add six extra DIY colours. 

CONS

The adhesive tape loses its adhesive properties with time. 

OUR VERDICT

The Govee 5M LED RGB Strip Lights will fit bedrooms like a charm, creating a cosy ambience that will help you relax after a long day at work. With the supplied remote, you'll be able to choose between multiple light effects and adjust the brightness (selecting one of the six available settings).

detailed parameters
Length

5 metres

Colours

RGB, selectable colours (16.8 millions)

Control

3-button controller, IR remote

Power Source

AC (power adapter included)

Extras

Static/dynamic mode, 5 support clips included 

Warranty

1 year 

PROS

The tape can be cut between every 3 LEDs. The two supplied reels can be used as excellent decoration articles, resembling some movie memorabilia, with the LED strips wrapping them and inviting attention. The proprietary app is easy to navigate.  

CONS

The instructions are lacking. 

OUR VERDICT

The L8star 10M LED RGB Strips are offering more expensive models' functionality at a budget models' price. Between the ten-metre strip(s), you receive 300 LEDs. With these, you can decorate sizable premises, even covering entire ceilings in most rooms.

detailed parameters
Length

10 metres

Colours

RGB, selectable colours (16.8 millions)

Control

IR remote, MagicStrip app (available on iOS and Android)

Power Source

AC (power adapter included)

Extras

Static/dynamic mode, Synchronisation with music (via smartphone's mic)

Warranty

3 months

PROS

The lights can be adjusted between six brightness levels, so you can have them dim and warm or bright and flashy. You can also increase/decrease the effects' speed. The strip(s) pick up the signal from the remote even when the remote is almost 15 metres away.

CONS

The remote feels cheap. 

OUR VERDICT

Want to create a more intimate atmosphere? The Govee 10M LED RGB Strip Lights will help you with that. That being said, these LEDs can also achieve the opposite fact, shining bright and both decorating and illuminating poorly-lit corners.

detailed parameters
Length

10 metres

Colours

RGB, selectable colours (16.8 millions)

Control

3-button controller, IR remote

Power Source

AC (power adapter included)

Extras

Static/dynamic mode, 10 support clips included

Warranty

1 year 

Mexllex 15M

Pulsating Along

The Mexllex 15M Music Sync Colour Changing RGB LED Strip gives away almost everything with its name, almost. What the name does not tell you (well, the full name does but we will pretend it doesn't) is that the strip comes with a 44-key remote, letting you adjust the dimmable lights, including the brightness, colours, effects, and more. You can turn the lights on and off, make them flash, pulsate, fade, jump, the features are practically endless. What's even more interesting is the Microphone mode, using the strip's integrated microphone and make the lights automatically synchronise with the music playing around, changing colours and pulsating along.

Still, one could argue that the package is as impressive, shipping you two 10-millimetre corner-friendly LED strip connectors and 15 LED strip hooks that adopt the strongest 3M mack adhesive, so you can choose between bedroom walls and kitchen ceiling, place the strip behind the TV, around mirrors, decorate the staircase, we're just getting started. Plus, the strip connectors let you easily customise the size, featuring convenient marks on both sides.

Long story short, even without mentioning the Ehome Light app and the standard 3-button controller, this is one impressive product that will let you turn even the dullest, most uninspired corner of your home into its brightest, most attractive part.

Review of Mexllex 15M Music Sync Colour Changing RGB LED Strip 44-Key Remote

 

WenTop 10M

Alexa, Flash the Lights

The WenTop 10M LED Strips Light Kit is also packing not quite the same basic LED strip lights that people usually expect from this price. No, first, these lights can be controlled via both the supplied 24-button IR remote and the Magic Home Pro app. Using the app, you can adjust brightness levels, speed, and volume. You can also synchronise the lights with music and sounds (using the smartphone mic). Using both (the remote or the app), you'll be able to set different timers and choose between the lights flashing, strobing, fading, and changing the colours smoothly.

But, assuming that we do not want to leave anything out, you can control the lights even without using the remote and the app since the strip is also compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, letting you do everything we have described above via simple voice commands.

The product had to have dropped the ball somewhere though and, from where we're standing, the proverbial ball pertains to the lights being sensitive to voltage drops, a little unfortunate but not too concerning.

Setting that aside, the WenTop 10M LED Strips Light Kit claims its rightful place among the most complete, entertaining, and easy-to-use LED strip lights. Plus, the supplied fix buckles will let you adjust the strip onto surfaces with poor adhesion.

Review of WenTop 10M LED Strips Lights Kit with Remote (Google Assistant and Alexa)

 

Govee 5M

Five Metres is Long Enough

The Govee 5M LED RGB Strip Lights is the most basic package and we're fine with that. The product keeps the price affordable, flashes warm and bright LED lights, and lets you decorate bedrooms, light up kitchens, and make just about any corner a little more interesting. Five metres will prove long enough to wrap most cupboards and cabinets, so you can have them shining at night, making sure you're not fumbling around in a dark kitchen without turning on the lights.

Using the remote control, you can choose between static and dynamic modes and make the lights fade and jump. The same remote will let you manage the brightness output (selecting between six intensity levels), speed, rotate 20 colours, and even add six DIY colours.

Aside from the 3M adhesive tape, this package includes five support clips, which are especially welcome because the tape starts losing its adhesive properties within the first few years. On the bright side (pun somewhat intended), the LEDs inside the strip will not start losing their shine anytime soon, stretching the lifespan ~50,000 hours.

In other words, the Govee 5M LED RGB Strip Lights will allow you to decorate any room around the house without paying through the nose.

Review of Govee 5M LED RGB Strip Lights with Remote

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L8star 10M

Double-Layer Copper

The L8star 10M LED RGB Strips are quite brilliant in their own right. Incorporating double-layer copper on PCB board, these strips make sure that mixed colours remain even. You can cut the tape between every 3 LEDs, adjusting the length the way you see fit.

Not unlike most LED strips, these ones are shipped with a 3M self-adhesive tape, so you can attach them onto most dry and flat surfaces. The difference here is that the strips also come with two reels, meaning that you can have the lights spinning around these reels and even not use the tape, hanging them onto a couple of nails somewhere around the house where they can draw and invite attention.

Following the playbook that's usually deployed across more expensive models, these strips can be controlled both via the provided IR remote and the MagicStrip app. Using these two, you can even synchronise the lights with music, with the LEDs utilising the phone's mic to do so.

You might face some challenges figuring out these settings though as the instructions that come with the strips are thoroughly lacking information. But, even so, the L8star 10M LED RGB Strips are easily more impressive than most LED light strips within the product's price range.

Review of L8star 10M LED RGB Strips Lights with Bluetooth Controller

 

Govee 10M

The Same but More

The Govee 10M LED RGB Strip Lights are basically the same strip(s) that we have reviewed above except that this one measures ten metres, not five. Aside from that, this is the same product, meaning that you can also choose between six brightness levels, adjusting the output between warm and bright.

That also means that the same IR remote comes with the package, so you can rotate static and dynamic modes, switch between the colours fading, jumping, adjust the speed with which they fade and jump, and more. The remote's range is even more impressive this time though, picking up the signal ~12-15 metres away from the lights. At the same time, the remote feels a little cheap, which is not surprising considering the product's budget disposition. Again, the remote offers 20 preset colours but also allows you to add six DIY colours, not quite letting the imagination run wild but close, pretty close.

Last but not least, the strip's shipped with 10 support clips. Together with the 3M adhesive tape, these clips will enable you to use most surfaces and objects.

Bottom line, the Govee 10M LED RGB Strip Lights will allow you to establish different moods and ambience, rotating between bright colours and dim romantic lighting.

Review of Govee 10M LED RGB Strip Lights with Remote

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What Is an LED Strip Light?

You’ve likely seen these reels at work, in your friends’ cars, or at your favourite restaurants. The LED light strips are able to provide illumination as bright as that of a huge chandelier but, unlike chandeliers, they are tiny in size and can be easily tucked away when not in use. Available in a variety of different colors and shades, they are perfect for adding a stylish and modern touch to any room interior or backyard.

One of the biggest advantages of LED strip lights is that they are totally safe to use. They do not get hot during operation and it's safe to touch them even after hours of use. Another advantage is that they do not require any mounting hardware and can be easily hung to any surface with the adhesive tape, making them a suitable choice for virtually everyone. Hopefully, after reading this review of the five best LED strip lights available on the market, you'll find the one that will meet all your requirements.

LEDs are used not only for decorative purposes but also for security reasons. Read more information on the application of LEDs here. Also, we'd like to turn your attention to lava lamps, another alternative lighting device that's popular among customers.

Sources:

1. LED Lighting, Department of Energy.

2. LED Lamp, Wikipedia. March 25, 2018.

3. What determines the color of an LED? Lighting Research Center.

4. Rebecca Matulka Top 8 Things You Didn't Know About LEDs, Department of Energy. June 8, 2013.

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Publish Date: 2020-07-02 11:07:05